June 9, 2019

       

Tenth week in Ordinary Time / Pentecost: Fr. Romeo said that St. Faustina wrote about life’s two paths: The smooth one plunges into the abyss, while the rocky one builds character.  The Holy Spirit strengthens our relationship with Jesus so that we can fulfill our mission in life: to defend and spread the faith.  When we accept God’s will for us, the Holy Spirit gifts us with wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord which, in turn, produce the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

It seems to me that, at times, there are legitimate moments when that which is out of the ordinary may manifest in our spiritual lives.  It is our openness to those moments that can deepen and/or even change us, for it doesn’t seem to happen often (Eddie de León, CMF; Catholic Theological Union).

Today our psalm has us pray, “Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.”  We should be careful about praying that because God could take us at our word (Mary M. McGlone, MSJ).

We are called to trust that the Spirit will be with us in whatever suffering, confusion, or anxiety we encounter and, when we don’t know what to do or say, we can trust in the simplicity of the prayer: “Come, Holy Spirit” (Scott McClure).

For us, trusting in God’s providence may start with one time or event, but it is much more than that single instance.  It is a way to choose to live each moment of one’s life (Helen Flavin, PhD).

“We do not celebrate Pentecost; it seizes us and challenges us to expand our lives, to set aside our fears and let out hearts overflow with love” (Pat Marrin).

       

       

       

       

       

June 9, 2019

               

*Congratulations to Kathy & Randall on their thirtieth wedding anniversary!

June 2, 2019

       

Seventh Sunday of Easter / Ascension: Fr. Romeo said, “Ascension should awaken hope.  Our Lord is telling us that we’ll get to heaven through grace.”

Jesus gave the disciples and us the ultimate “parting gift” when he gave us the Spirit of wisdom.  […]  The downside to receiving a gift as precious as the one Jesus gave us is that we are expected to put it to good use each and every day or our lives and not hide it under a bushel (Steve Scholer).

Lord, we who remain on earth ask for your assistance as we embark on our own mission based on the talents you have given us.  Help us to discern how best we can communicate your love to other people.  Give us the grace to make your presence felt (St. Jude Shrine).

“As we contemplate the mystery of the Ascension, may we too bear joyful witness to the Lord’s resurrection; his loving presence in our midst; and the triumph of his kingdom of life, holiness, and love” (Pope Francis).

       

       

       

June 2, 2019

     

May 25, 2019

       

Sixth Sunday of Easter: Fr. Romeo told us that “Christ is humanity on earth and glory in heaven.  Jesus is God from God, light from light, true God from true God.  All churches are being called.  Stained-glass windows remind us of heaven.  And, when we live by the commandments, Jesus makes himself known to us through prayer.”

We are often faced with so many options that it can be hard to choose.  But, when we have the teachings of Jesus to help us in our life choices, we walk in freedom (Thomas Gette).

There are times in our lives that we… face the pain of those we love leaving us, and our hearts seem broken.  Jesus reminds us to throw ourselves into God’s compassionate embrace and trust that God’s peace will enfold us as he helps us heal from the loss (Connie Schnapf).

“We may readily welcome the peace of Jesus, happy to embrace the eschatological hope envisioned in revelation, but do we continue to respond with love and action?” (Laurie Brink, OP).

Our debates may be fierce, but we need to trust that the Holy Spirit will guide us if we are open.  The road we choose will make all the difference (Mary M. McGlone, MSJ).

Lord Jesus, in love you created me and you drew me to yourself.  May I never lose sight of you nor forget your steadfast love and faithfulness.  And may I daily dwell upon your word and give you praise in the sanctuary of my heart, you who are my all (Don Schwager).

“Always, we can end our day with a simple prayer of thanks for the many blessings of the day” (Pope Francis).

       

       

       

May 26, 2019

               

May 18, 2019

       

Fifth Sunday of Easter: Fr. Romeo told us that, because Jesus reconciled heaven and earth for us, we need to keep an open heart.  “Pray for love of neighbor and love of enemy,” and God will provide the graces (spiritual gifts) required along the way.

“Loving others, as Jesus loved and taught while he was here on earth, requires a daily commitment to each person that crosses our path” (Connie Schnapf).

Lord Jesus, your love knows no bounds and surpasses everything I could desire and long for.  Fill me with the fire of your love and with the joy of the Holy Spirit that I may freely serve my neighbor with loving-kindness, tenderhearted mercy, and generous care… (Don Schwager).

“What you are is God’s gift to you; what you become is your gift to God” (Hans Urs von Balthasar in Prayer).

       

       

       

       

May 19, 2019

               

May 12, 2019

       

Fourth Sunday of Easter:

Jesus… wants us to know with certainty that each one of us is a unique gift.  Like his sheep, we come to know the sound of our shepherd’s voice and we share in an intimate relationship that continues to grow (Connie Schnapf).

Lord Jesus, you have the words of eternal life.  Open my ears to hear your voice and to follow your ways.  Give me understanding that I may grow in the knowledge of your great love and wisdom for my life (Don Schwager).

May 12, 2019

     

               

*Photos: May 12, 2013

May 5, 2019

       

Third Sunday of Easter:

Many times in our lives we think we can handle situations by ourselves and find out after many tries that it is not working like we had planned.  […]  It takes courage and trust to put ourselves into the hands of God and listen for God’s guidance (Connie Schnapf).

Lord Jesus, inflame my heart with your merciful love and remove everything that is unkind, ungrateful, unloving and unholy, and that is not in accord with your will.  May I always seek to love you above all else and follow you wherever you wish to lead me (Don Schwager).

May 5, 2019

     

*Photos: April 21, 2012

April 28, 2019

       

Second Sunday of Easter / Divine Mercy Sunday: Today Fr. Romeo told us that miracles bring about conversion.  As with Thomas, when we trust in God’s mercy and love, we grow in faith and gratitude for all God’s blessings in our lives.

“The gift [of faith] is ours for the asking, but we must be prepared to let it change us profoundly and irreversibly” (Pat Marrin).

The notion of rising from the dead is a hard truth to accept.  […]  We are left with Jesus giving us a taste of what our own risen bodies might be like and how much genuine faith it takes to be like Thomas as we ask those same questions about the struggle between doubt and faith (Ann Sullivan, SP).

Don’t be led by fear and doubt into “unbelieving” this Easter season; let your heart guide you into believing.  Let love embody your relationships with God, yourself, and others in order to breathe life and hope into a world longing for resurrection (Christina R. Zaker, DMin; Catholic Theological Union).

Heaven is not about belonging to the right group; it’s not about following the correct rituals.  It’s about having the right attitude.  […]  Jesus says there will be deep regret— “wailing and grinding of teeth” (Luke 13:28)— when we realize how wrong we were, how thoroughly we missed the point.  Be prepared to be surprised about who is living a life of love and service and who isn’t (Richard Rohr, OFM).

So, on this Divine Mercy Sunday, may we find ourselves placing complete trust and faith in God, accepting his love and mercy unconditionally.  May we also live and proclaim our faith freely and boldly in both words and actions, going forth like the apostles whom Christ sent out to spread the gospel (Thomas Drzaic).

“Jesus came to give us the courage to trust and allow our inherent union with God, and he modeled it for us in this world” (Richard Rohr, OFM).

“Jesus’s friendship with us, his faithfulness and his mercy, are a priceless gift which encourages us to follow him trustingly…” (Pope Francis).

       

       

      

       

April 28, 2019